Title: Bush Christmas Summary: In Australia, five children pursue horse thieves through the mountains. Directed by: Ralph Smart Actors: Chips Rafferty, John Fernside, Stan Tolhurst Production Company: GB Instructional Films Release Date: 28 July 1947 (UK) Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
In a small town in Australia, five children riding their horses from school take a forbidden path and meet two strangers, who give them money and make them promise not to tell anyone about them. The two men learn about Lucy. She's a mare belonging to Mr. Thompson, a sheep farmer and the father of three of the children: Helen (the oldest), John, and six-year-old Snow (so named for the color of his hair). The other two are Michael, an English boy staying with the Thompsons, and Neza, an Australian black who is the son of one of Mr. Thompson's stock men. The two men (a third one joins them later) prove to be horse thieves, and when Lucy and her foal turn up missing the next morning, the children know it must have been them. Later, the children tell Mrs. Thompson they're going camping. But their real plan is to find the thieves and get Lucy and the foal back.
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In memoriam Laurie Andrew
This is without doubt one of the best adventure films for kids made in the postwar period. It is also a valuable documentary for adult Australians. Shot in & around the Burogorang Valley, SW of Sydney, most of the low country landscape that you see now lies underwater, part of the Warragamba Dam catchment. The character of Neza - the Aboriginal kid - also marks the turnabout that was about to come in relations between Koori & non-Koori in Australia. He is an asset from start to finish. Chauvel fans will also spot several prime elements that were to go into his 'Jedda' less than a decade later. All praise to Ralph Smart - a Brit who opened a way forward.